2. MACEDONIAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 2
VISION AND MISSION
The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a civil society or-
ganization that believes in peace, harmony and prosperity of the people in Mace-
donia, the Balkans and globally.
MCIC’s vision is based on the universal principles of civil society and participatory
democracy, rule of law, equitable and sustainable socio-economic development,
non-violence, respect, interdependence and cultural diversity.
MCIC’s mission is to lead changes with new and alternative solutions to the societal
problems, which influence other actors to be involved in the main streams.
LONG-TERM GOALS OF MCIC
» Rooted and influential civil society;
» Good governance and fight against corruption;
» Social inclusion and cohesion;
» Supported process of European integration;
» Readiness for migration challenges;
» MCIC, an independent and credible organization – quiet, but visible networker;
» MCIC, an attractive and innovative organization.
ACTIVITIES AND METHODS
» Advocacy (dissemination of information, awareness raising, education; policy
making; monitoring and requesting accountability);
» Development support (capacities and infrastructure);
» Social-humanitarian assistance. The organizational methods are management
The organizational methods are management and implementation.
MACEDONIAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL
3. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
MCIC has continued to function and face the world challenge,
the Covid-19 pandemic. At the end of the year, apart from the
health crisis and the constant political crisis, there were also
hints of a new energy-related crisis.
In these conditions, MCIC was implementing 37 projects with a
125 million denar budget.
In Civica Mobilitas, there were 94 grants. CSOs adjusted to the
new time, and part of the events took place on-line, in a com-
bined or hybrid way and live. The topics of the events were
dictated by the annual plans but also by the current events,
such as the population census, new local government and the
30th anniversary of the independence of the state. There was
the first Assessment of Users and the new Civil Society Index
made. There were four issues of the Citizens for Change news-
The Civic Resource Centre held five trainings and workshop
for 70 CSO representatives within its capacity building pro-
gramme and it ended with a knowledge quiz. There were three
on-line vents for about 420 CSO representatives. The support
office responded to 154 requests of CSOs or citizens, and there were 126 events of other organiza-
tions held in the resource centre offices orvia Zoom which was provided by CRC.
The activities of the programme Sustainable Civil Society – State Funding to CSOs continued with
the monitoring of the state funding for CSOs. The main activities were focused on self-regulation.
A CSO Code was prepared and by the end of the year it was signed by 61 organizations. MCIC pre-
pared the eighth Report on Civil Society Enabling Environment.
The partners of the Regional Anticorruption Network programme were active in advocating pol-
icies and changes in their respective countries. There were 22 stories on dealing with corruption.
There was the annual Anti-Corruption Forum where the Regional Anti-Corruption Report - West-
ern Balkans 2020: State Capture Risks and Policy Reforms was presented to around 150 partic-
ipants. The National Report on Corruption Assessment was also published and there were four
issues of the SELDI e-bulletin.
The programme Path to Resilience and Reintegration ofVulnerable Families in the Communityhas
started. There were five training sessions and workshops for 81 representatives of stakeholders,
and there were eight focus groups with 39 participants and one survey conducted. The data are
part of a separate Baseline Study.
As part of the Small Development Initiatives (SDI), together with the Commission for Prevention
and Protection from Discrimination, there was a mini-campaign entitled “Football against Dis-
crimination” which, among other things, improved the visibility of the Commission. The project
EUro Focus analyses and discussed the current topics related to Macedonia’s European integration
in three TV programmes, supported by a phone survey. The conference “The Role of the Media and
CSOs in the EU Integration Process” took place.
MESSAGE OF THE MANAGEMENT
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"CIVICA MOBILITAS" PROGRAM FOR CIVIL
GOAL:Achieving social changes in Macedonia which are stimulated by the strong
civil sector, active citizens and good cooperation with the authorities, which re-
sults in a more transparent, more accountable and socially inclusive manage-
ment at central and local level.
94 ACTIVE GRANTS
AT 9 TRAININGS AND
4 EVENTS FOR MORE
THAN 850 PARTICI-
PANTS AND AROUND
56,000 TV VIEWERS
MORE THAN 580 PIEC-
ES OF INFORMATION
RELEASED ON THE PRO-
GRAMME AND GRANTEES
CIVIL SOCIETY INDEX
5. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
Civica Mobilitas has opened the issues of regional landfills at the National Forum that took place
at the end of June 2021 in Skopje.
“Experts propose and create solutions that are safe for everybody. On the other hand, the citizens
and CSOs should be involved in the process of planning and implementation, to be certain that the
institutions in charge will manage the waste in a proper way”, said H.E. Sybille Suter Tejada, the
Ambassador of Switzerland, at the opening of the Forum.
The representatives of CSOs debated with the panellists, the mayors of Kumanovo and Gostivar,
Maksim Dimitrievski and Arben Taravari, as well as with Ana Mazneva-Karanfilova from the Minis-
try orEnvironment and Spatial Planning. They called forcontinuity in the strategies forhard waste
management, forcooperation among the institutions, municipalities and civil sector, forstrength-
ening the inspection supervision in this area and education of the population on the benefits from
the regional landfills.
ForMazneva-Karanfilova, the CSOs are crucial forraising the public awareness on this issue. “They
are the most competent on this issue and they can work a lot with the citizens”, she said. The may-
ors spoke about the prices of the services, i.e. how realistic theywere, as well as about the regional
The participants insisted on citizen control over the inspection supervision and proposed estab-
lishment of communal police and changes in the Law on Waste.
The public was introduced for the first time with the business idea of Zoka Energy Solution which
pertains to waste management and production of energy from it. The project envisages waste
collection from 74% of the territory of the country and 48% of the population, which would lead to
closing of all landfills. Laze Filipov, the company representative, stressed that in Macedonia there
are three times more landfills than the number of settlements and that their solution was already
functioning in a number of European cities. Pakomak representatives also presented new models
THERE ARE THREE TIMES MORE LANDFILLS
IN THE COUNTRY THAN THERE ARE
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NATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY RESOURCE CENTRE
GOAL: Provided services for building the capacities of CSOs to be effective and
accountable independent actors and to contribute to the environment that is
conducive to civil society.
3 EVENTS FOR
MORE THAN 420
70 PARTICIPANTS AT
5 TRAININGS AND
MEETINGS WITH CSOS
UPON DEU REQUEST
213 RELEVANT PIECES
SHARED WITH CSOS
154 REQUESTS OF
CSOS AND CITIZENS
RESPONDED BY THE
7. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
The Civil Society Resource Centre (CRC) has closed its programme for capacity building with a
knowledge quiz which was implemented with 50 CSOs.
“We have impressive numbers of civil activists that were part of our training”, says Valentina Veli-
chkovska, coordinator of the resource centres. “Since February 2018, more than 450 CSO repre-
sentatives have improved their knowledge and skills on various topics. We thought that the quiz
was fun, and still a productive way to check and renew this knowledge and underline the achieve-
ments in this area”, she adds.
The Centre for Culture, Communication and Education of the Roma “Bright Future” from Kochani
won in the finals of the Knowledge Quiz which took place on 25 August 2021 at Belvi Hotel in Skop-
je. The association won the main prize, a financial support of EUR 2,000 for implementation of a
project concept for organizational development with which they applied for the quiz.
“The victory is another confirmation of the knowledge that our organization has on topics such as
project concept development and preparation of a project application, mobilizing of resources,
good governance, etc. The award that we have won will be used for organizational development
and upgrading of our capacities”, says Mustafa Saidov from “Bright Future”.
The second prize went to the Citizen Association “AGORA Centre for Promotion of Civic Values” –
Skopje, and the third to the team of the Association of Career Development Advisors – ASK, also
from Skopje. Both organizations won grants of EUR 1,000 each, for organizational development.
The competitors expressed theirsatisfaction with the possibility to express theirknowledge in this
way, but also to confirm it. They said that besides being very interesting, they learned many new
things in the process.
The best 11 organizations of the preliminary phase qualified for the CRC quiz final. The total of 20
finalists answered questions related to topics on sustainable, effective and accountable work of
CHECKING THE KNOWLEDGE OF CIVIL
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SUSTAINABLE CIVIL SOCIETY - STATE
FUNDING OF THE CSOS
GOAL: Effective, transparent and accountable CSOs that work in an enabling fi-
CSO CODE PREPARED
61 CSOS SIGNED THE
84 PARTICIPANTS IN 3
1 REPORT – CSO
FINANCING IN TIMES OF
5 NETWORKS STRENGTH-
ENED THEIR CAPACITIES
FOR TRANSPARENT AND
2 PUBLISHED INFO
GRAPHS ON STATE
9. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
In 2021 MCIC, together with 50 other organizations initiated, prepared and signed the CSO Code.
“We are especially proud that on the 30th anniversary of civil activism in Macedonia, there has
been a critical mass of organizations which have set higher standards in their work, together and
individually”, said Aleksandra Savevska, programme coordinator.
The Code is a tool with which the civil sector has risen itself and showed that the public interest
and especially the interests of the citizens are the basis of the existence of each organization. The
signatories expect that respecting and implementation of this Code will have a positive impact on
building the trust between them and the citizens.
Practicing a broader accountability in their work is in the centre of the eight aspirations and 44
specific standards and principles that the organizations will follow in the future.
CSOs agree that their legitimacy comes from the quality of work and the support given by the
people with whom and for whom they work, their members, donors, broader public, state and in-
ternational institutions. Therefore, it is imperative that CSOs show that they can and know how to
establish a self-regulations system via which they will provide work based on good governance,
accountability, transparency and efficiency.
On the other hand, this Code will be a moving force for the development of the overall society via
work based on respecting human rights, advocating for bigger transparency and accountability
with all institutions and supporting the democratic processes in general.
At the end of 2021, 61 CSOs signed the Code. They are from different regions of the country, they
are active in various areas and eco-environments, and they also work on achieving positive impact
on the Macedonian society. The Code is voluntary, and each CSO which will join it undertakes the
responsibility to respect and practice the efforts, values and standards set in it.
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REGIONAL ANTICORRUPTION NETWORK
GOAL: To expand and deepen the anticorruption actions from legal procedures
towards more justified economic activity, such as resolving the connection be-
tween corruption and grey economy and corruption and organized crime
FORUM FOR 150
22 STORIES ON DEALING
4 ISSUES OF SELDI
11. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
The annual anti-corruption forum of the biggest anti-corruption network in Southeast Europe
SELDI has opened the discussion on the next decade anti-corruption agenda of the Western Bal-
kan countries. The representatives of the SELDI network presented the latest Regional Anti-Cor-
ruption Report – Western Balkans 2020: State Capture Risks and Policy Reforms. According to the
Report, the pressure of state capture in the region remains at high level.
In each country there are critical disruptions in the functioning of the democratic and economic
controls and balance. The degree to which corruption is tolerated in public is an important indi-
cator of the integrity of the public functions. The corruption monitoring system of SELDI, which
measures smaller forms of corruption (bribe) shows that the acceptance of corruption remains
quite high in the Western Balkans. It is the highest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and
Vice Prime Ministerfor Fight against Corruption and Crime, Sustainable Development and Human
Resources Ljupcho Nikolovski said that the government approach relies on digitization of public
services and registers, which will eliminate any subjective influence in the administrative proce-
Nicola Bertolini from the EU Delegation in the Republic of North Macedonia and Giulio Venneri
from the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Nego-
tiations (DG NEAR) stressed the need for demonstrating political will for visible reforms in the
Western Balkans countries. They also said that the implementation of the approved Economic and
Investment Plan for the Western Balkans goes hand in hand with the efforts to deal with fraud,
corruption, money laundering and office abuse with effective, convincing sanctions proportional
to the crimes.
The panellists agreed that dealing with corruption is a complex issue that can last fordecades. The
countries should not lose their motivation for reforms nor bend under the economic or political
influence of representative of the semi-authoritarian regimes.
ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORMS IN THE WESTERN
BALKANS COUNTRIES: LOOKING BACK FOR THE
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PATH TO RESILIENCE AND REINTEGRATION
OF VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN THE
GOAL: Initiating comprehensive approaches to sustainable reintegration of vul-
nerable families (including those with returnees) in North Macedonia
8 FOCUS GROUPS WITH
5 TRAINING SESSIONS
AND WORKSHOPS FOR
81 REPRESENTATIVES OF
1 SURVEY CONDUCTED
13. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
The foreign fighter returnees and their families, their resocialization, reintegration and rehabili-
tation are a relatively new phenomenon for the Macedonia society. Therefore, MCIC has surveyed
the citizen perceptions on them. A phone survey covered 800 citizens from the municipalities of
Arachinovo, Butel, Gazi Baba, Kumanovo, Saraj, Studenichani, Tetovo and Chair. The selection was
made for the programme needs, i.e. those that more directly face this phenomenon.
The survey has shown that the majority of the citizens questioned in the municipalities covered
see the returnee foreign fighters as a threat. They are seen as a general threat by 55% of the peo-
ple surveyed, and this percentage grows up to 59% when it comes to spreading radical ideology,
and even more when it comes to negative impact to the community, i.e. 63%.
Still, when it comes to the broader picture of the problems, the citizens give advantage to the
existential issues, and extreme terrorism is on the 12th place, with under than 1% of the people
surveyed. Even when it comes to the security of the country, the people surveyed first think of
political instability (48.7%).
When it comes to the reintegration of these people, the majority of people surveyed think that
they should be given a second chance (67.4%) and access to the services that the country provides
to the vulnerable categories of citizens (66.0%). Their families contribute to the reintegration the
most (64.9%). Immediately next to them are the Centres for Social Work, CSOs and religious com-
Some of the results show that the community has a certain resilience to the phenomena of vio-
lent extremism and terrorism. The majority of the people surveyed would talk to a close person
on their intention to go to a foreign battlefield. When it comes to the next question, the prepared
for reaction is bigger. A bit more than 10% will not report this intention to any of the institutions.
The sample is representative for the municipalities covered by the survey. The survey was con-
ducted in the period of 20 – 28 October 2021. It was conducted by M-Prospect, anonymously, ac-
cording to all standards for confidentiality and personal data protection.
PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE RETURNEES FROM
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GOAL: Improvement of the active participation of media and CSOs in the process
of European Union accession of the country
3 TV PROGRAMMES
1 CONFERENCE FOR 80
15. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
“It is very difficult to implement reforms, the fight for justice is very difficult, as well as the fight
against corruption and authoritarian tendencies if there is no freedom of media”, said Nikola Dim-
itrov, Vice Prime Minister in the RNM Government in charge of European Affairs in his address at
the conference on “Role of the Media and CSOs in the EU Integration Process”.
He stressed that the civil sector“has an exceptionally important role in the democratization of the
society both as a source of knowledge and as a controllerand critic of the government”. According
to him, reforms are for the citizens and the process of accession if more important than the goal.
“If we become an EU member tomorrow, thing will not change significantly. T
heywill change when oursociety becomes a normal European democracywith independent judici-
ary where the work of the media will be a top priority where the rule of law will provide economic
development and it will result in a prosperous democracy”, he stressed.
H.E. David Geer, the EU Ambassador to RNM stressed that the media and CSOs should work on the
public support. “This is a national project and everybody should be engaged in it”, he said.
The Swedish Ambassador, Н.Е. Kristin Forsgren Bengtsson, stressed that a healthy democracy has
a strong and lively civil society, independent and free media – “you all have a significant role in the
society in order to provide information based on facts, analyses and objective reporting, encour-
agement of public debates and organizing discussions with politicians and institutions, raising the
awareness and knowledge about EU and the accession process, but also asking for accountability
in theirwork”, she said.
At the conference, there were also addresses by Sherife Ismaili Kasapi from the UN Office for Pro-
ject Services (UNOPS) and Tanja Mishchevik, Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Coopera-
tion Council. MCIC and TV Telma shared quality and useful contents on the Euro integration pro-
cess with EUro Focus, byopening debates on manytopics and strengthening the public awareness.
THE EUROPEAN STORY OF THE COUNTRY
IS POSSIBLE WITH THE PRESSURE OF THE
MEDIA AND CSOS
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RELATIONS WITH STAKEHOLDERS
ACCESS TO FUNDS
MCIC prepared and submitted five project concepts or project applications. By the end of the year,
three were approved and three were rejected. Two are still pending. Part of the applications were
submitted in the course of the previous year.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, MCIC has received four letters of interest by four volunteers and
decided to include two of them in its activities in the period of July-September. One of them was
engaged foradditional two months, and in the last month of the yearthere was a foreign volunteer
also engaged, and she was virtually involved in the work of the organization and the implementa-
tion of part of its activities.
MCIC regularly informed about their activities via several information channels. In 2021, there
were 12 issues of MCIC e-bulletin.
The Annual Work Report for 2020 was prepared and published and MCIC web page was fully func-
tional and it was constantly updated.
Part of the contents is published on other social media enabling in this way biggervisibility of the
work of MCIC.
In 2021, the web page had 33,857 visits where the visitors saw 74,980 articles.
MCIC regularly communicated with the media via press releases, direct contacts at presentations
and promotions. The contacts resulted with 281 news items.
SUPPORT - SUSTAINABLE MCIC
In 2021, the cooperation with the local and foreign CSOs, ministries and state institutions, was
done within the regular programs of MCIC, with dynamics still conditioned by the Covid-19 pan-
MCIC representatives participated in several consultative sessions organised by the government
and ministries and government representatives participated in MCIC events. There was also coop-
eration with the municipalities.
The collaborators also participated in events in the country, region and broader. Most of the events,
because of the current health crisis, took place on-line.
17. ANNAUL REPORT 2021
MCIC’s Council held two sessions where 2020 MCIC’s Annual Work Report was adopted, along with
the Financial Report and the Independent Audit Report. The new composition of the Council was
elected, as well as the new composition of the Governance Board.
There were five sessions of the MCIC’s Governance Board.
» Blagica Petreski (Finance Think)
» ViktorArnaudoski (ZELS)
» German Filkov (CCC)
» Danela Arsovska (SSK)
» Dejan Strachkovski (MOC)
» Dragan Sekulovski (AJM)
» Elena Kochoska (Polio Plus)
» Irsal Jakupi (IVZ)
» Lulzim Haziri (ADI)
» Marija Ackovski (Evangelical-Methodist
» Marko Troshanovski (IDSCS)
» Nazim Rashidi (Diversity Media)
» Nikica Kusinikova (Konekt)
» Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski (Macedonia
» Samet Skenderi (InSok)
» Sanja Vasić (Macedonian Institute for
» Sasho Klekovski (private sector)
» Tetjana Lazarevska (MEDF))
» Tome Hristoski (Krushevo municipality)
» Elena Kochoska, Chairperson, Polio Plus –
Movement against Handicap
» Nazim Rashidi, Deputy Chairperson,
Editor at Alsat TV and President of
“Diversity Media” Association
» Samet Skenderi, member of the HDZR
Mesečina” – Gostivar
» Naser Selmani, former President of the
Association of Journalists of Macedonia
» Neda Milevska Kostova, Director of the
Institute for Social Innovations from
Skopje and Senior Researcher
» Boban Mitevski, Macedonian Orthodox
» Sanja Vasić, editor at the national
television Telma and a Voice of America
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PERSONNEL – EXECUTIVE OFFICE
At the end of 2021, there were 23 people working in MCIC. Almost half of the employees (10) have
indefinite period contracts. In 2021, they attended 9 trainings, individually or as a group; fourwere
group ones and five for individual training.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP
» Valentina Atanasovska
» Jasmina Ristovska
» Snezhana Kamilovska Trpovska
» Aleksandra Savevska
» Valentina Chicheva
» Natasha Serdarevik
» Darko Dimov
» Jasmina Chaushoska
» Sara Mustafa
» Natasha Dimova
» Fanija Ivanovska
» Aleksandar Kostadinov (until September)
» Jelmaz Dervishi
» Kristina Vesik
» Blinera Rexhepi
» Florian Mehmeti
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP
» Goran Stamatoski
» Gonce Jakovleska
» Boris Rostovski
» Milka Bozhinovska Miova
» Adis Rahik
» Borche Jakimovski
» Danillo Mitov
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REVENUES 2021 2020
DONATIONS AND GRANTS
European Union 19.759 10.617
Swiss Agency for Dev. and Cooperation 80.226 77.512
Swedish Agency for Int. Development 93 2.136
GCERF 6.729 0
Tobacco companies 0 440
Other donors 1.487 1.694
Total donations and grants 108.294 92.398
Mac. Enterprise Dev. Foundation 1.947 1.674
NIRAS (Civica Mobilitas) 13.694 13.772
Other own revenues 339 2.840
Total own revenues 15.980 18.287
Interests and positive exchange rates 2.274 2.445
Extra revenues 1.846 2.053
TOTAL REVENUES 128.393 115.183
EXPENDITURES 2021 2020
Civica Mobilitas (PCM) 77.689 68.895
National Resource Center (NRC) 1.499 5.059
State Funding for CSOs (DFG) 505 3.727
Regional Anti-Corruption Network SELDI 11.466 337
Good Governance and Anti-Corruption 17 786
Resocialization and Reintegration 3.416 0
Social Inclusion and Cohesion (SIK) 677 1.423
Expenditures for completed projects 0 221
Total charity expenditures 95.270 80.449
Total operational expenditures 29.863 29.189
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 125.133 109.638
BALANCE prior to taxation 3.260 5.546
Tax on surplus of rev. over expenditures 187 198
BALANCE 3.073 5.348
BALANCE STATEMENT 2021 2020
Capital Assets 5.232 8.138
Non-material Investments 960 960
Housing Funds 90.224 0
Total fixed assets 2.902 3.210
Current assets 99.319 12.309
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Advance Payments 27.242 28.913
Accounts Receivables 45 45
Short-term Receivables 1.772 3.983
Other Receivables 1.027 90.185
Total Current Assets 20.782 14.131
TOTALASSETS 50.868 137.257
BALANCE STATEMENT 150.186 149.566
LIABILITIES AND FUNDS
Accounts Payables 340 181
Other Short-term Liabilities 396 16.128
Total Short-term Liabilities 737 16.309
Time-apportionment Claims 0 0
Deferred Revenues 36.102 36.073
Total Liabilities 15.531 2.225
B. LIABILITIES AND FUNDS 52.370 38.298
Funds and reserves
Funds 94.959 89.611
Assets/Liabilities ratio in current period 2.858 5.348
Total funds and reserves 97.817 94.959
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUNDS 150.186 149.566
Macedonian Center for Inter-
national Cooperation (MCIC)
Address of the Publisher
Nikola Parapunov str., no. 41a,
PO Box 55, 1060 Skopje,
Republic of North Macedonia
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